The BCCI has reportedly written to the International Cricket Council urging the ICC to not recognize the controversial Kashmir Premier League.
Kashmir Premier League is a T20 tournament organized by the PCB in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. According to the reports, the BCCI’s complaint is based on the status of Kashmir as a disputed territory. For years India & Paksitan are involved in a conflict over Kashmir which has also led to wars between the two nations. The rising political tensions between the two nations have also affected cricketing ties between the arch-rivals.
India & paksitan have not played a bilateral series against each other since 2012-2013. BCCI has asked the International Cricket Council that a league could be played in a disputed land like Kashmir. Mr. Arif Malik is the President of the Kashmir Premier League. The Kashmir Premier League (KPL) 2021 will begin on the 6th of August 2021 & the final will be played on August 17. All the matches of the KPL will be played at the Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium in PoK.
Earlier former South Africa Cricketer Herschelle Gibbs has alleged that the BCCI is threatening him & trying to prevent him from playing in the Kashmir Premier League 2021. After Gibbs Allegations, PCB slammed BCCI for interfering with the Player’s participation in the KPL 2021.
Replying to PCB’s statement, a BCCI official said that the PCB is confused & should understand that the Indian Cricket Board has the right to make decisions regarding the cricket ecosystem in India.
“While one can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of the statement made by a former player who has figured in a CBI investigation into match-fixing earlier, the PCB must understand that even if Gibbs’ statement is assumed to be true, the BCCI would be well within their rights to take decisions with respect to the cricketing ecosystem in India. The fact that the Indian cricketing ecosystem is the most sought after for cricketing opportunities globally, should not be envied by the PCB,” a BCCI official told ANI.
Though the BCCI has already written to the ICC, the PCB has confirmed that they will raise the issue with the ICC over BCCI’s alleged interference in KPL 2021.